• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Spreading, clumping habit slowly reaches 14 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:hah-koh-neh-KLOH-ah MAK-ruh
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Spreading, clumping habit slowly reaches 14 to 18 in. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasAn excellent Asian-garden plant. Similar texture to a dwarf Bamboo without the spreading problem. Adds wonderful highlight to shaded gardens. Unsurpassed with contrasted with dark green or burgundy foliage plants. Wonderful accent beside water gardens or at the base of arbor posts or to soften pathway borders.
    Companion PlantsHydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla); Holly (Ilex); Rhododendron (Rhododendron); Hosta (Hosta); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in cool summer climates with humus-rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Mulch to conserve moisture and keep roots cool in summer, and to protect root zone in cold winter areas. Best foliage color in brighter exposures, but needs protection from harsh sun in hot summer regions. Prune old foliage before new leaves emerge in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Discovered at Briggs Nursery in Washington, selected for it's similar habit to Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', with exceptional green, white variegation and pink highlights in cooler weather.